In 2006, the Council of the Shire of Manjimup was presented with a petition with 974 signatures, seeking for development of seniors/over 55s housing to occur on the old primary school site in Manjimup. In response, a design concept was put together, proposing that a number of independent living units be constructed on that very site - located between Rutherford, Collier, Mount and Moore streets in Manjimup. This is a unique collaborative project between the Shire of Manjimup and the Housing Authority, supported by the South West Development Commission.
The benefits of the project have been identified as:
- Independent living for over 55s;
- Provides community members with the opportunity to downsize on their current living arrangements to purchase affordable and appropriate housing;
- Provides a safe neighbourhood, close to the CBD of Manjimup and other services and amenities; and
- Allows our ageing population to age in place, close to family, friends and in an environment they are familiar with.
March 2014 - Regional Development Minister The Hon. Terry Redman MLA announced funding of $2 million for the Manjimup Seniors Housing Project. The announcement took place at the old Manjimup Primary School site where it is proposed that approximately 31 independent living units for seniors will be constructed. The majority of the units will be made available for purchase on the private market, with the $2 million funding to be put towards the cost of construction.
|||Pictured left at the announcement L-R: Gail Ipsen Cutts - Director of Community Services for the Shire of Manjimup, the Hon. Terry Redman MLA, then Shire President Wade DeCampo and Jill Woollams who has played an important role in advocating for this project on behalf of the community. |
May 2014 - Two information briefings were held in Manjimup for community members who were interested in finding out more about the project. Attendees heard from Gail Ipsen Cutts from the Shire of Manjimup, David Leszenko from the Housing Authority and Billy Wellstead from the South West Development Commission.
June/July 2014 - A call for 'expressions of interest' from the community resulted in more that 60 people seeking to remain kept up to date on the progress of the project and provide feedback via a questionnaire on what might suit their specific needs in the future. This positive response and the results of the questionnaire were utilised by the Housing Authority in further development of the concept and in seeking support from additional stakeholders.
July 2015 - The funding agreement for the $2 million that was announced in March 2014 was executed by the Shire of Manjimup.
|||Pictured left L-R: Signing the funding agreement is Gail Ipsen Cutts - Director of Community Services with then Shire President Wade DeCampo. |
March 2016 - The state governement called for 'expressions of interest' from developers, builders, not-for-profit oragnisations and service oviders to develop the project.
November 2016 - The first stage of the procurement process for a partner in the project was completed and a proponent shortlisted, who will work directly with the Housing Authority to develop the proposal.